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bend over backward

Definition of bend over backward

  1. :  to make a great effort to help someone or to reach agreement with someone <The salesman said he would bend over backward to make the deal.>



Variants of bend over backward

or lean over backward also fall over backward

Word by Word Definitions

bendplay
  1. :  to constrain or strain to tension by curving

    :  to turn or force from straight or even to curved or angular

    :  to force from a proper shape

  1. :  the act or process of bending :  the state of being bent

    : :  something that is bent: as

    :  a curved part of a path (as of a stream or road)

  1. :  a diagonal band that runs from the dexter chief to the sinister base on a heraldic shield — compare bend sinister

    :  a knot by which one rope is fastened to another or to some object

overplay
  1. :  across a barrier or intervening space

    :  across the goal line in football

    :  forward beyond an edge or brink and often down

  1. : used as a function word to indicate motion or situation in a position higher than or above another

    : used as a function word to indicate the possession of authority, power, or jurisdiction in regard to some thing or person

    : used as a function word to indicate superiority, advantage, or preference

  1. :  upper, higher

    :  outer, covering

    :  excessive

  1. :  to leap over

backwardplay
  1. :  toward the back

    :  with the back foremost

    :  in a reverse or contrary direction or way

  1. :  directed or turned backward

    :  done or executed backward

    :  diffident, shy

  1. :  the part behind or past


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